Construction Progress for The Helm

Construction is progressing for The Helm, our most recent affordable housing project for Affirmed Housing located on Front & Beech in Downtown San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. The U shaped configuration was purposefully orientated west to maximize views to the bay. Interior and exterior interplay come alive at the ground plane with communal uses, and at the third-level 1,200 sf landscaped courtyard with contiguous amenity uses. Bold architectural moves celebrate the corner of Front and Beech, at the street and the distinct corner expressions of the building. Material choices accentuate massing relationships and add to the overall design intent, further layering with projected balconies and oriel windows.
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Gordon R. Carrier, FAIA, Chairman and CEO of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, Announces New Co-Presidents

“Claudia Escala and Ray Varela have long displayed a strong legacy of project performance and client leadership”, says Chairman and CEO, Gordon R. Carrier, FAIA, NCARB. “I am proud to announce them both as the future leadership of our 44 year old award winning San Diego-based design firm. While I will continue as CEO and Chairman of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, their inspired day-to-day leadership as Co-Presidents, will assure inspired design focus going forward. I am proud to announce their elevated roles within the organization and look forward to the enhanced capacity they offer our design CULTURE.” 


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High Desert Mental Health Urgent Care Center wins DBIA National Merit Award

Our High Desert Mental Health Urgent Care Center project with PENTA was awarded the Design-Build Institute of America National Merit Award in the Healthcare Facilities category! Carrier Johnson + CULTURE designed the architecture, interiors and landscape for this 9,900 sf County of Los Angeles facility serving local children, adolescents and adults who may be suffering through a crisis and in need of immediate mental health treatment. Congratulations to the entire Design-Build team!

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